“Mademoiselle de Maupin” is an unambiguous glorification of Beauty, both of the physical and artistic worlds, written by Pierre Jules Théophile Gautier (1811 – 1872). The book used to have a reputation of a shocking Dirty French Novel, though, many consider, there is not a hint of vulgarity even in a sexual scene. It is a love story of men and women, as well as a wonderful comedy of manners and sexual politics.
The author’s style of writing appears to be somewhat confusing, captivating the reader by unexpected changing of the point of view, from which the narration is continued from chapter to chapter. The novel is full of vivid, extensive descriptions, sometimes charming humor and social satire.
Thomas Troward in his classic work The Creative Process in the Individual tries to explain the phenomena of reality speculating and using logical deduction and the law of cause and effect. He manages to convey his ideas and concepts to the reader very clearly and accessibly. The author states that there are two main factors: the individual consciousness and energy-matter. He gives explanations to such notions as Freedom, Joy, Light, Life, Love, Peace, Power, Truth, and Beauty. Thus Troward suggests that heaven is a state of consciousness, so that we don’t need to delay a heaven of joy, love and abundance…
This is one of the best attempts to research the biography of the founder of the American nation and the first President of the United States. The author William Roscoe Thayer has research a number of Washington's personal letters and on their basis has created a portrait of this legendary person aiming at eliminating prejudices and misperceptions of his life and activity. The book is intended for everyone interested in the personality of George Washington as well as in the history of the United States.
Theodore Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians is a classic work of musical biography. It presents 2400 entries of hundreds of composers, conductors, singers, and instrumental virtuosos, as well as important scholars, critics, teachers, librettists, patrons, and impresarios from every country and every period of music. Brief but substantial, it can by right be considered an encyclopedia of a world of music, due to its extensive, well-detailed review of classical and modern music luminaries.
Albert Payson Terhune was an American writer, journalist and dog breeder. Best of all he is known for his novels about the adventures of his beloved collies and as a breeder of collies at his Sunnybank Kennels. Sunnybank was family’s summer home, but later Terhune made his permanent place of living. First Albert Payson Terhune published short stories about his collie named Lad in various general-interest magazines, such as Saturday Evening Post, Ladies' Home Journal, Hartford Courant and others.
‘Bruce’ is one of the most famous books of the writer. It’s a simple story telling of that almost forgotten times, when women were ladies, dogs were Dogs, and men were husbands first of all, but not office heroes trying to save the world. Bruce, an awesome collie, is the main character of the story. When the First World War began, Bruce was already a grown up dog. Bruce shows the questionable use of war dogs as couriers to deliver written messages back and forth to the different front lines and foxholes of the World War I. Soldiers shot at him, he gets injured, then he’s patched up sent out again. Bruce was lucky, really lucky. Because not all the dogs caught the fortune as he did. At last Bruce comes home to heroes welcome to live out his life at Sunnybank. Probably, the story may seem not that serious or even not that interesting, but it is worth reading. The book is read very easily, at one breath. The book is understandable for everyone. Kids and older young reader will be captivated by the plot, and adults will definitely appreciate the beauty of language. Although the book may seem childish, it won’t make parents fall asleep when reading ‘Bruce’ to their kids. Plenty of actions and characters keep the reader in stress.
Author reveals in his novels such old truths as loyalty, friendship, and love. That’s what little children need nowadays, in the modern world of cruelty and indifference. This book will definitely teach kids to appreciate their friends, to take care of someone they love, to forgive and to trust. Seems that book is glowing with positive emotions and kindness that Albert Payson Terhune put into it.
‘Bruce’ would be a great present for a kid, and for an adult. This book would be awesome additional material for reading lessons at school, because it impresses not only by perfect and easy language, but also by raising quite serious questions.
‘Bruce’ is the book for those who love dogs, for those who still believe in miracles, for those who still think that dreaming is not a waste of time. This book is for those, who still believe in friends and fidelity. ‘Bruce’ teaches readers to be if not fearless, but at least brave and courageous, no matter what is going on. It helps not lose faith in yourself and people you love. This book is a real book of life, if it is possible to say that.
The theme of this book is obviously world-old. And it presents the thoughts and ideas that are never out of date, being both so old and present-day. Success and happiness, striving of people for the better, values of life – the author shows us, how little has changed for the ages. The book was published in 1877, since when we can add this experience of the past to our own.
Everyone in a country house of a noble prosperous landowner, a beautiful woman of the world and fashion in her past, is waiting of a certain baron. An erudite person, an expert on philosophy, he is to present his scientific work to them. However, instead of the baron, Dmitry Nikolayevich Rudin comes… “Rudin” is the first novel of Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev (1818-1883), famous Russian novelist and playwright. When it was first published in 1856, it was considered to be merely a story. Turgenev was an expert in portraying the typical characters, but his works are also a picture of private life of the people of his country and time, their emotions and anxieties. The hero of this novel has long ago obtained the name of “superfluous man”. It is a typical meaningful phenomenon of Russian life, a well-educated man, weaved of contradiction; that is completely torn off the life of his native land, and suffers painfully from his own groundlessness. Much has changed in the course of time, bur every generation of readers continue to perceive the novel in a new way.
This is a book created by one of the most outstanding Russian novelists Ivan Turgenev and published for the first time in 1860. The work raises the questions of love and the fate of lovers during the Crimean war and revolutionary changes. The principal character is Elena who is twenty-one years olf and is a serious and very beautiful young lady does not feel attracted to anyone among her friends until she meets a young Bulgarian patriot Insarov who has idealistic views on life and who then becomes her companion and causes sudden changes in her life. Besides, the problems of war and love affairs Turgenev also shows the conflict between Elena and her parents. Later on the author will study such relationship more closely in the novel Fathers and Sons.
Domestic Manners of the Americans is a travel book written by Frances Trollope in the year of 1832 who wishes to share the impressions from her journey all around America. The book became sensational both in Europe and America as in many ways the author saw Americans in a negative way considering that they lacked manners. She also saw the remains of slavery in the South and was completely disgusted. The habit of chewing tobacco was popular at that time as well and it was not understood by the author. On the other hand the book contains many interesting ideas and observations. It became classical for many generations of readers and is recognized as a necessary part of everyone's personal library.